July 13, 2012- Prosecutors in Wisconsin charged a man from North Dakota on Thursday with killing his three daughters. All three young girls were found in their beds, under their blankets, tucked in. Aaron Schaffhausen is facing three first-degree homicide counts and each count has a mandatory sentence of life.
Judge Howard Cameron from St. Croix County Circuit court, set bail for the accused at $2 million. He also ordered Schaffhausen to have no contact with the mother of the three girls or immediate family. His attorney is listed as John Kucinski, a public defender and he did not respond to any messages left for him.
Results from autopsies showed that Amara Schaffhausen, 11, Sophie, 8 and Cecilia, 5 all died from a sharp force injury to their necks. Cecilia also was strangled. Records from the court show that Jessica Schaffhausen, the girls’ mother, and Aaron had divorced earlier this year in January. He was living in Minot, while she and her girls lived in River Falls.
Jessica said she received a text message around noon on Tuesday from Aaron asking to see the girls in an unplanned visit. She thought he was working at the time, but records show he lost his job last week for failing to come to work one day. The girls’ mother agreed but asked that he be gone before she arrived home from work.
Two hours after arriving to visit his daughters, Schaffhausen called his ex-wife to say she could come home because he had killed the children. An hour later, he turned himself in to police.